Hamas admitted on Monday evening that it was trying to kidnap an IDF soldier in an incident when its terrorists breached the border from Gaza near Kibbutz Nahal Oz.
According to the group, the conditions on the ground did not allow for the plan to go through. One of the terrorists was killed and the rest fled back to Gaza.
The residents of the kibbutz were ordered to enter their homes and lock the doors, but after the extensive searches throughout the area, the residents were given the all clear.
Meanwhile, five soldiers were killed Monday in and near the Gaza Strip.
Four of the soldiers were killed by a mortar that struck a group of soldiers near the Gaza border. Six other soldiers were seriously wounded by the mortar shell.
A fifth soldier, First Sgt. Moshe Doino, 20, of Jerusalem, was killed in the course of fighting inside Gaza in the early afternoon.